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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Is it my imagination, or has someone been in here..? Anyhoo, going back to last Wednesday (I'll have this finished by Christmas)...

One thing you soon realise when you've been in London for a few hours is that there are a lot of down-and-outs sleeping rough on the underground...

Beggars Belief
That's Amelie on the platform of North Greenwich tube station. I let her stay there until we'd collected enough money for her train fare home. You might notice that she's wearing different trousers to the ones she wore to pose with a Haahoo. There's a reason for that.

But going back to the show...

Yes, my name is Igglepiggle.Here's Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy treading the boards of the Night Garden stage. You'll recognise Upsy Daisy from Amelie's t-shirt. That's the power of merchandising.

I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but it basically revolved around the search for Igglepiggle's missing blanket. Think of it as a whodunnit. Or, to be more precise, a who-cares-whodunnit. To be honest, the plot didn't really grab me. I prefer something with slightly more depth. Like The Flumps or Bagpuss.

Amelie, on the other hand, thought it was marvellous. She spent the entire hour waving to the characters, blowing them kisses, and saying "Good". I expect they'll put that review on a poster. Whether it was worth fifteen quid a ticket (even for babies), I'm not sure - I was slightly disappointed that the Tombliboos were just puppets controlled by four jobbing actors who probably thought they'd be in Hollywood by now - but to be honest, I'd have been willing to pay twice as much just to get this video of Amelie...

That's Amelie doing the Gazebo Dance at the end of the show. It's a miracle she didn't take out the woman in front with a backhand to the side of the head. I fully expected us to be charged with GBH before the end of the day, but I didn't want to stop filming.

When my Mum saw that video, she said "Did they tell the children to dance?". The answer's no. Amelie just took it upon herself to join in. She doesn't wait to be asked.

Needless to say, all that strenuous movement doesn't come without consequences. As we exited the show dome and headed back through the O2, we discovered that we'd left something rather important in the Night Garden: the button to Amelie's jeans. Our journey back to the tube station quickly turned into an episode of The Benny Hill Show, as Amelie ran through the O2 at high speed with her trousers round her ankles, chased by her Mummy, her Daddy and a bloke from the indecent exposure squad.

Fortunately, Lisa had brought a change of clothes with us. Mainly because she expected Amelie to throw up on the boat and cover us all in vomit. So after a quick change near a hotdog stand, and a short nap on a tube station platform, we made it it back to Victoria in a fit state to pose for the most important photo of the day...

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
That's the exact spot where Lisa and I first met: outside the Victoria Station branch of WHSmiths on 23rd March 2004. And judging by the photo, Amelie's about as happy to be there as Lisa was six-and-a-half years ago.


Dave said...

It's all so romantic.

Phil's Mum said...

Well done for sticking with it (or him) for six and a half years, Lisa!

Lisa said...

Most people just pick up a newspaper at Smiths.

A Passer-by said...

Fancy getting them pose in front of a half-price sign! 

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